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The art of taking someone's picture
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Stacey, South Plains, Texas (2004) (Courtesy the artist and Weinstein Gallery)
In these days of digital cameras that can fit in your pocket, photographer Alec Soth still likes to take photos the old-fashioned way. A collection of portraits taken by Soth is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Minneapolis, Minn. — Photography is an art form almost anyone can dabble in these days. Digital technology has allowed cameras to shrink to the size of credit cards or fit in the cover of your cell phone.

But photographer Alec Soth still likes to take pictures the old fashioned way -- very old fashioned. To take portraits, Soth ducks under a cloth behind the extended bellows and lens of his camera, which uses 8-inch by-10-inch film.

He contends the tedious process of setting up the camera actually helps him capture more sincere moments from his subjects.

A collection of Alec Soth's portraits is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The subjects of the portraits range from everyday strangers to celebrated authors and artists whom Soth has encountered on recent travels throughout the U.S., as well as Europe, China and South America.

MPR's Tom Crann met Soth at the MIA to talk about how he approaches people he wants to photograph.

To listen to their interview, choose the audio link in the right column.

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